To succeed in business, you require more than just business skills. The Master of Business Administration Executive is a globally recognised postgraduate qualification for ambitious, motivated professionals.
Obtaining an MBA at the University of Northampton will support your career progression by developing your critical thinking and research skills which will enhance your business knowledge and understanding. The MBA Executive will improve management practice and equip you with essential leadership skills, confidence and competence to assist your industry and achieving your organisation’s objectives. You will think laterally, challenge convention and offer knowledge based solutions to business issues. You will learn to think and operate differently which is essential in today’s global business arena.
Our online learning programmes are flexible and designed so you can balance study with your commitments at work and home. The programme structure and learning materials enable you to study at your own convenience and develop your own study schedule while offering opportunities for you to engage with your peers.
Northampton Integrated Learning Environment (NILE) is a dedicated online university learning space for students. Your tutors will use NILE to engage with you, and you will use NILE to access course materials, assessment information, virtual classrooms and discussion boards. Your assessed work will be submitted and graded online, so you will be able to see your grades and feedback wherever you are in the world. The system that underpins NILE is Blackboard and access to this system is through nile.northampton.ac.uk. We also have a mobile app so you can stay connected to the University of Northampton wherever you are; iNorthampton is available for Android and Apple mobile devices.
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
The University of Northampton
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How you will study
Core learning will be delivered electronically and you will be encouraged to engage with your fellow students and tutors online. Studying online will give you the flexibility to study at your convenience* without the need to travel or physically attend classes, whilst enhancing your employment opportunities. You will be supported throughout the process by our great teaching staff that are professionally qualified and have industry and academic experience to share with you.
Studying this programme will give you an opportunity to undertake professional accreditation in Marketing and Project Management.
*Modules are delivered within trimester periods so you will need to complete them in specified times.
For further information on course content and modules please refer to the NILE site.
Trimester one – September to December
- You will study two modules; Critical Issues in Business and Managing and Organisational Behaviour.
Trimester two – January to April
- You will study one module; Financial Decision Making.
Trimester three – May to July
- You will study one module; Managing Operations and the Supply Chain.
Trimester four – September to December
- You will study one module; Competitive Strategy and Innovation and commence work on your Business Research Project.
Trimester five – January to April
- You will study one module; Strategic Marketing and continue work on your Business Research Project.
Trimester six – May to July
- You will study one module; Leadership in a changing context and complete your Business Research Project.
For MBA Executive part time and distance learning students, you will be invited to attend a series of MBA masterclasses (five in total on Saturday’s 10-4pm) which would link to your modules.
The MBA Masterclasses are not a compulsory part of your study however, they give you the opportunity to enhance your study, meet with the module leader and network with fellow MBA students.
The module enables placement students (as future managers and leaders) to analyse the ways in which the design and organization of work places and spaces might influence organisational culture. The design and interior layout of buildings represent ‘the visible part of the culture of an organization’, with these spaces being representative of an organisation’s collective values, beliefs and behaviours.
Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Introductory Certificate
The CIM Introductory Certificate provides an internationally recognised qualification in marketing. We provide all the materials necessary to prepare you for this award as part of your course fees. In order to achieve this award, two CIM assessments must be successfully completed in addition to your MBA study.
PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner Award
PRINCE2® (Projects in Controlled Environments) is the internationally recognised project management programme. Online learning materials are provided as part of your course fees. Additional PRINCE2 assessment must be successfully completed in addition to your MBA study.
MBA Business Event
Students will have the opportunity to participate in the MBA business event (Brussels in 2014/15) in their first year. The MBA business event is optional and the cost should not exceed £250 for flights and accommodation (If travelling from the UK). Students normally allow an additional £250 for their expenses.
Please Note: Additional fees, over and above your course fees, will be payable for the optional elements, for example for travel and accommodation for the Business Event or by the examination or membership bodies for membership and assessments associated with the qualifications.
Methods of Learning
Per module you should expect to spend between 10/20 hours per week engaging with online activities and study through NILE as well as self-directed study time
The programme has a combination of assessment involving practical work, essays, reports, case studies and examinations. The Business Research Report is a 15,000 word independent research project.
Facilities and Special Features
Our programme combines all of the study of critical business areas and leadership skills with the extra value of additional recognition, qualifications and activities. We offer a unique combination of opportunities including:
- extensive online materials to support your studies
- MBA business event *(in 2015 a three day business networking trip to Brussels)
- Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Introductory Certificate**
- PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner Award**
*Optional – not included in course fees. **Optional – membership and/or examination fees not included as part of course fees.
Unlike other postgraduate programmes which provide in depth specialisation in a specific field, an MBA is interdisciplinary. An MBA exposes you to all areas of business including accounting, finance, marketing, and human resources.
- an MBA may prove invaluable in progressing your career providing you with new skills in the workplace
- an MBA is suitable for those wishing to pursue a consultancy role
- those with an MBA dictate a high level of credibility as they are extremely confident and able to influence others
- studying for an MBA will give you the chance to experiment with your approach to problem solving and develop your management and interpersonal skills; all essential abilities
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Applicants will normally be expected to hold a first or second class honours degree of a British university or equivalent and must always have a minimum of two years relevant management experience. The University of Northampton admission procedures enable the admission of students with prior credit or experiential learning. As this postgraduate qualification will attract professional practitioners and managers, students may be admitted on the basis of an assessment of meaningful and measurable prior learning or professional experience.
English language requirements
Applicants whose native language is not English must provide evidence of their English language capability at a level approved by the university. The level required for study on masters degree courses is IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 16/17 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Distance Learning:||£5,040 (Year One 90 Credits) £5,040 (Year Two 90 Credits)|
Year Two fee may be subject to an inflationary increase in 17/18.
Students starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2016/17 either full time or part time* may be able to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 Postgraduate Loan (PGL) through Student Finance England.
*Maximum period of study allowed for part time courses is two years.
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.